Expanding Your Facility's Operations? How Can You Reduce Downtime Due To Plumbing Mishaps?

28 December 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Articles


If you're planning to expand your business's current manufacturing or production operations into a larger facility -- whether by relocating to a vacant building or expanding on your existing real estate -- you may be anxious to break ground and hasten the arrival of your new space. However, hurrying this process along without taking time to fully evaluate the impact of your business on your new space could lead to expensive and disruptive plumbing issues. Read on to learn more about some of the plumbing adjustments you may need to make to ensure you don't lose valuable production time due to backed-up sewer pipes or low water pressure. 

What should you do to your plumbing if you're expanding your current building? 

Depending upon the scale of your proposed expansion, you may need to retrofit or even replace your building's current plumbing before resuming operations. Even if your manufacturing process itself doesn't utilize much water or produce much sewage, the plumbing demands of a significantly larger crew could strain your existing system, particularly if you're rotating through two or three shifts of workers per day.

In addition, a large industrial building that isn't plumbed to handle manufacturing process that do produce a moderate amount of wastewater may flounder on the market when the time comes to sell your business (or just your building). Ensuring that your building's infrastructure is able to handle a variety of different industrial applications will help make the most of the funds invested in this expansion. Fortunately, expanding the diameter of centrally-located waste pipes and installing a waste filtration system designed to prevent clogs from forming in non-modified pipes should be enough to update your existing plumbing system and ensure you have enough capacity for whatever waste your crew (and machinery) can generate.

Should you revamp the plumbing of a vacant building you purchase? 

In some cases, moving your existing operations to a new building rather than expanding may be the most cost-effective option. However, if you're purchasing a building that hasn't been updated in the last few decades (or has been vacant for some time), you may need to have the plumbing inspected and cleaned before moving your operations. Even if your new building's pipes are sufficiently large to accommodate your business's ballast, decay or deferred maintenance that isn't addressed before these pipes are put into use can lead to expensive issues down the road. During an inspection, the plumber will use a flexible camera attached to a snake to get a 3D video view of your pipes. This can identify clogs, tree roots, rusted or damaged sections of pipe, and other potential problems. It's generally less expensive to delay your business's move for a few weeks (or months) while a repair is performed than having to cease your existing operations after moving to allow a plumbing crew to work on your clogged pipes.

If your new building's pipes are ample in size for your purposes but in a state of disrepair that may require them to be replaced, you should be able to avoid expensive excavation and repair work through a process called trenchless sewer repair or CIPP (cured in place pipe). This renovation is ideal for large pipes that are beginning to develop holes, rust spots, or other potential weak areas but are located beneath concrete floors or other hard-to-access places. Through the CIPP process, a smaller pipe made from epoxy resin, PVC, or another durable waterproof material is constructed within the larger pipe, helping keep your plumbing operational during the repair process while replacing the existing pipe with a much more resilient one. 

For more information about updating your business' plumbing, contact a company like Cool Air Mechanical, Inc.